Do you remember when Sony announced the PS Vita? How about when they made a big deal about cross-platform playability of games? Have you enjoyed playing all of those games cross-platform on your PlayStation 3 and PS Vita? If you answered yes to all 3 of those questions, you are in a VERY small majority.
As it turned out, Sony made a big deal about the cross-platform playability of games without making it clear that very few games could be played that way. In fact, so few games had the capability that the Federal Trade Commission got involved in complaints of deceptive marketing. The FTC gave an example, saying,
For example, with respect to 'MLB 12: The Show,' consumers could only save the game to the PS Vita after finishing the entire nine-inning game on their PS3. In addition, Sony failed to inform consumers that to use this feature, purchasers had to buy two versions of the same game-one for their PS3 and one for the PS Vita.
Sony responded, saying,
Although we have a strong difference of opinion with the FTC as to the message that PS Vita purchasers took from that advertising, we decided to settle the FTCs inquiry in order to focus on the PlayStation 4s momentum into this holiday, where PlayStation Vita continues to play an important role.
The settlement mentioned involves money being returned to PS Vita owners. Anyone who purchased a Vita before June 1, 2012 is entitled to $25 cash or $50 in game credit. If our former co-host Jon Wurm had ever gotten his Vita, he would be a little happier right now. As it is, many Vita owners will finally get a bit of their $250 purchase price back.